Job Opportunities & Fellowships

Job Opportunities

Texas A&M University – Research Specialist (GIS)

The Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS) is the Gulf of Mexico regional component of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) of NOAA and is part of the Department of Oceanography with Texas A&M University. At GCOOS we are looking for a highly motivated and skilled professional interested in contributing to understanding of the Gulf of Mexico with the development of geospatial data science tools. The Research Specialist I, will support GCOOS in a ‘GIS Innovation Development’ role and work closely with the GCOOS Data Management and Cyber-infrastructure Team to conceive the enhancement of existing geo apps and development of new tools in support of solutions needed by the communities that we serve around the Gulf of Mexico. Our team manages data streams from a diverse fleet of live ocean sensors in the Gulf of Mexico, in vessels, moorings, radars, animal tags, autonomous vessels and satellites. The selected candidate will subscribe to and support our commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability as stated above. If this job description sounds interesting to you, we invite you to apply to be considered for this opportunity.

Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi – Systems Administrator II

At Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, their system administration team have incredible opportunities to work on systems that impact faculty, staff, student, and researchers from around the world. TAMU-CC is a vibrant, Hispanic Serving Doctorial Research Institution that combines a heritage of teaching excellence with innovation in research and community engagement. They seek people who have new ideas and are driven while having fun along the way. Our team plays an important role in the unparallel commitment to student success. This position, reporting to the Manager of Systems Administration, is responsible for the daily operations of all virtualization infrastructure, load balancers, and physical servers including system design, installation, development, integration, testing, documentation, monitoring, and ongoing maintenance of assigned systems within departmental standards. TAMU-CC is looking for a VMware Administrator to join its dynamic team of technical professionals.

National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration NOS – Deputy Assistant Administrator

NOAA’s National Ocean Service (NOS) is aiming to complement its existing leadership by recruiting for a Deputy Assistant Administrator for Navigation, Observations and Positioning (DAA-NOP). The successful candidate will work directly for Assistant Administrator, Nicole LeBoeuf and side by side with the NOS DAA for Ocean Services and Coastal Zone Management, Paul Scholz. The DAA-NOP will have full responsibility for establishing, managing, and providing strategic direction for the Navigation, Observations, and Positioning program offices within NOS. Those offices are the U.S. IOOS Office, the Office of Coast Survey, the National Geodetic Survey, and the Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services.

National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, National Ocean Service – Environmental Specialist

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of National Marine Sanctuaries is currently hiring an Environmental Protection Specialist, ZA-0028-3/4. The position is located within the Protected Area Policy Division in Silver Spring, Maryland and will support environmental compliance work across the National Marine Sanctuary System.

As an Environmental Protection Specialist, you will perform the following duties:

  • Identify the need for and coordinate the development and review of environmental analysis. Formulate plans and environmental analysis documentation to make decisions or recommendations, significantly changing, interpreting or expanding important National Ocean Service and Office of National Marine Sanctuaries policies and programs.
  • Oversee complete integration of environmental planning with program planning and execution.
  • Coordinate and engage with external federal agencies to effectively coordinate National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) and consultation requirements across federal agencies.
  • Support Office of National Marine Sanctuaries compliance program development, management, coordination and implementation including developing and aligning policy; coordinating with program managers and field staff on environmental compliance requirements and efforts; identifying deficiencies or areas of non-compliance; and advising leadership on overall compliance efforts, best approach, program execution and areas of risk or non-compliance.
  • Formulate, execute and oversee compliance with environmental regulations conducted under the NEPA and all other applicable Federal environmental statutes, including the National Marine Sanctuaries Act, Endangered Species Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, Magnuson-Stevens Act, and National Historic Preservation Act.
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Texas General Land Office – Natural Resources Specialists III (Program Management)

The Texas General Land Office seeks a Natural Resources Specialist III in Austin, TX to focus on project management. The Texas General Land Office primarily serves the schoolchildren, veterans, and the environment of Texas. The agency does so by preserving our history, maximizing state revenue through innovative administration, and through the prudent stewardship of state lands and natural resources. This position is with our Coastal Resources Program area. Performs highly complex (senior-level) natural resources work.  Work for the Coastal Resources program area as a member of the Beach Access and Dune Protection technical team involves conducting and coordinating conservation, management, protection, preservation, or utilization of natural resources as related to the beach dune system. Works under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCCOOS) – Outreach and Education Cooridinator

SCCOOS is hiring a part-time Outreach and Education Coordinator to join their team at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, CA.  We are looking for someone to help manage communications with partners and funded principal investigators, including social media communications and STEM outreach projects. Duties include

  • Applying administrative and project management skills, frameworks and methods, relevant policies and procedures to resolve a variety of management issues. Typical projects are of small size and small to moderate impact, budget, and/or project team size.
  • Assisting with project administration, data distribution, and quality assurance; support the development of moderately complex projects; help manage communications with partners and funded principal investigators, including social media communications and STEM outreach projects.
  • Organizing project activities; help with outreach and education initiatives, as well as logistical support and event or workshop planning.
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Lynker – Coastal Hydrodynamic Modeler

Lynker is seeking a Coastal Hydrodynamic Modeler to support NOAA’s Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services to provide technical expertise and science support to run existing coastal hydrodynamic models (i.e., NOS 3-dimensional Operational Forecast Systems) on NOAA’s supercomputers to validate that the data assimilation approach NOS currently uses in operations (i.e., 4DVAR) runs properly under a new, more efficient configuration. The new configuration is being developed outside of NOS and this task order. The individual will be required to run the model using both data assimilation configurations and compare the output to ensure the new Marine JEDI conversion produces similar results. Accomplishing this will require extensive coordination and collaboration with partners throughout the entire project life cycle. Lynker requires scientific support services with specific expertise in coastal hydrodynamic modeling to fulfill CO-OPS’ role in this collaborative project. The individual shall perform this work in close coordination with Federal and non-Federal project managers and program office representatives. This work includes the NOS Coastal Ocean Modeling Framework and Operational Forecast Systems as well as data assimilation methods used with NOAA’s forecast systems and high performance computing environment.

Lynker/CSS – Communications Specialist

CSS, a contractor to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Silver Spring, MD, seeks an individual to serve as a full time Environmental Science Communication Specialist working on outreach for the assessment and restoration of waterways after oil spills, ship groundings, and hazardous waste pollution. This position will work with a range of scientists, natural resource attorneys, and economists, to translate technical materials into outreach for a public audience. This position serves the Assessment and Restoration Division within NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration and NOAA’s Damage Assessment, Remediation, and Restoration Program. The position will be located at the ORR headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland. The candidate will serve as a Communications and Policy Specialist for marine pollution assessment and restoration. This position will establish and coordinate between a diverse group of environmental scientists, economists, natural resource attorneys, and co-trustees, including federal and state agencies and Tribal Nations, to produce a proactive communications strategy that builds awareness of the Assessment and Restoration Division’s core capabilities and projects. Duties will also focus on supporting the team on media relations and Congressional relations, responding to Administration requests, as well as the development and review of outreach materials. Domestic travel may be required.

Gulf of Mexico Alliance – Program Coordinator

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA), as a non-profit organization, is a partnership of the five Gulf States and supported by a broader network of federal agencies, academic organizations, businesses, and other non-profits in the region. The mission of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance is to significantly increase regional collaboration to enhance the environmental and economic health of the Gulf of Mexico. ( The Program Coordinator supports the regional program duties of GOMA, specifically the needs of the Data & Monitoring Priority Issue Team (D&M Team), the Gulf Star Public-Private Partnership, and others. This is a telecommuting position and is not located in the GOMA headquarters office, but works with all GOMA staff and reports to the Program Director.

State of Louisiana – Coastal Resources Scientist Senior DCL B

This position serves as a Coastal Resources Scientist Senior – DCL B in the Studies and Environmental Branch within the Planning and Research Division. The incumbent of this position serves as a senior advisor and expert to provide specialized and technical/scientific assistance and guidance to the Coastal Resources Scientist Assistant Administrator and other team members in the Planning and Research Division.  The incumbent also serves as a mentor to lower-level Planning and Research Division scientific and technical staff.  This position supports the implementation of several important segments of the CPRA’s overall coastal restoration and hurricane flood risk reduction program.  Specifically, the incumbent may oversee large federal restoration and protection programs in which CPRA is the non-federal sponsor. Duties will also include coordination and implementation of CPRA’s Flood Risk and Resilience Program providing for non-structural risk reduction measures in coastal Louisiana. The above will require extensive interaction and coordination with federal, state, municipal, and public stakeholders. The successful applicant should have a solid background in the physical or biological sciences, experience in the federal (USACE and others) planning process, a demonstrated ability to handle complex projects or programs, and strong interpersonal communication skills with a strong record of public engagement.

GOOS Biology – Data Manager

GOOS Biology seeks a data manager. The candidate will work under the supervision of the OBIS project manager and in close consultation with the OBIS data manager and the members of the Biology and Ecoystems expert panel of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS BioEco). The candidate will be (i) managing the information about observing systems, networks, and data assets provided via a portal for the Global Ocean Observing System, Biology and Ecosystems Panel (GOOS BioEco) for official launch by the end of 2021 and (ii) provide coordination with the observing systems, networks, and data-producing projects contributing to biological and ecosystem Essential Ocean Variable (EOV) with the aim to bring more of the data from these facilities fully online through OBIS, and become interoperable and reusable as part of an integrated global ocean observing system.

The University of Massachusetts Boston – Assistant Professor of Coastal Oceanography

The School for the Environment is seeking an outstanding individual at the Assistant Professor level in coastal physical oceanography, to begin September 1, 2023. The University’s location with the main campus on Boston Harbor and its field station on Nantucket makes it ideal for the study of coastal ocean processes. We seek a physical oceanographer who can interact with biological, chemical, geological, engineering, and planning colleagues to analyze and/or model the effects of storms, sea-level rise, and warming oceans on macrotidal Northeastern estuaries (developed and undeveloped) and coastal oceans. The Stone Living Lab is a natural laboratory comprised of Boston Harbor and its islands for the study of the role of nature-based solutions on reducing the risk of present and increased coastal flooding under present and future climates. Strong opportunities exist to work with the Stone Living Lab, the Mass Bays National Estuary Program, the Urban Harbors Institute, and the BEACON bluetech lab, all within the School for the Environment. The School for the Environment seeks a colleague who will leverage state-of-the-art laboratory and field-based facilities and our nationally recognized academic programs in the environmental and marine sciences, to advance coastal physical ocean science at the local and global level.

Mote Marine Laboratory — Several Openings

Mote Marine Laboratory, a nonprofit marine research laboratory based in Sarasota, Florida, that also includes a public aquarium, has a positions open. Their current employment openings are listed below.

  • Communications Cooridinator,
  • Marketing and Public Relations Manager
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Ray Biology and Conservation Research
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Postdoctoral Positions

National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration RESTORE Program – Postdoctoral Associate

The National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at UCSB and NOAA RESTORE Science Program are partnering on a five-year initiative to synthesize data, science, and knowledge about the Gulf of Mexico to inform resource management and restoration efforts. As part of this initiative we will be supporting a growing community of post-docs and synthesis teams; we seek to fill an initial two postdoctoral positions that will work collaboratively with to-be selected synthesis science working groups to address critical, interdisciplinary, environmental questions in the Gulf of Mexico. These are two-year long positions with the potential for a third year and will be based at NCEAS in Santa Barbara, California. Research related to the Gulf of Mexico synthesis working groups (50% time) This postdoctoral researcher will participate in the work of one or more Gulf of Mexico synthesis working groups, as appropriate based on experience and interest. Independent research (50% of time) This postdoctoral researcher will be afforded significant time to pursue their own research interests, publish independent research in peer review journals, and attend scientific conferences.

Mississippi State University – Postdoctoral Associate Research Coordinator

Mississippi State University seeks a Postdoctoral Associate Research Coordinator in Coastal Marine Extension. This is a full-time benefits eligible position with a primary duty station at the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (GNDNERR) near Moss Point, MS that is administratively associated with the MSU Coastal and Marine Extension Program (CMEP). This position reports to both the GNDNERR Director and MSU CMEP Director. The primary function of this position is to provide leadership and support to the GNDNERR in fulfilling its grant obligations and organizational mission. The scope of work for this position involves interpretation of multi-faceted programmatic activities with state, regional, and national impact; providing leadership and guidance to staff; developing and implementing externally-funded grant projects that address the management objectives and research priorities of the GNDNERR; formulating strategic objectives and implementation plans to accomplish the work; maintaining a research project and publication database; managing budgets and project activities and personnel; providing support for outreach activities; technical oversight of major program initiatives; coordination of the work with internal and external NERR partners; and other duties as assigned. This position is tentatively funded for 2 years but may be extended.

The Rosenstiel School’s Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS) (RSMAS)

The Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS) of the University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Science has an exciting opportunity for a Post-Doctoral Associate (two-year term) to work on-site in College Park, Maryland at the National Weather Service (NWS) National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP).  The position will support a hurricane intensity forecast improvements project coordinated by the NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), the National Ocean Service (NOS) and the NWS, with a focus on upper ocean observations and model data assimilation.  An ocean observing field campaign is planned for the 2023 and 2024 Atlantic hurricane seasons using myriad observing platforms, and this position will directly support connecting those important ocean observations to the NOAA models to help NOAA improve its hurricane intensity forecasts.  Ultimately, this position will directly benefit coastal communities and help NOAA reduce risk and loss of life and property.

The Rosenstiel School’s Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS)

The Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS) of the University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Science has an exciting opportunity for a Post-Doctoral Associate (two-year term) to work on-site in College Park, Maryland at the National Weather Service (NWS) National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP).  The position will support a hurricane intensity forecast improvements project coordinated by the NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), the National Ocean Service (NOS) and the NWS, with a focus on upper ocean observations and model data assimilation.  An ocean observing field campaign is planned for the 2023 and 2024 Atlantic hurricane seasons using myriad observing platforms, and this position will directly support connecting those important ocean observations to the NOAA models to help NOAA improve its hurricane intensity forecasts.  Ultimately, this position will directly benefit coastal communities and help NOAA reduce risk and loss of life and property.

NOAA; National Centers for Coastal Ocean Sciences – Postdoctoral and Senior Associates

The National Ocean Service, Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research seeks a postdoctoral scientist in remote sensing photogrammetry of coastal and marine habitats using unoccupied autonomous systems. The program conducts research and syntheses to develop decision support tools, geospatial models, and data products to inform coastal ecosystem management. They use a suite of field sampling and remote-sensing tools, advanced underwater remote sensing and hydroacoustics technologies, underwater optics, autonomous underwater vehicles and scuba diving to design ecological assessments and experiments to understand impacts of stressors on coastal marine ecosystems. The primary focus for this opportunity will develop remote imaging techniques such as photogrammetry and structure-from-motion using airborne and underwater optics to develop high-resolution digital models for use in ecological research and modeling for the assessment of coral reef ecosystems and restoration.

NRC Research Associateship Programs Postdoctoral and Senior Research Awards

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine sponsors awards for postdoctoral and senior researchers at participating federal laboratories and affiliated institutions.  These awards include generous stipends ranging from $45,000 – $80,000 per year for recent Ph.D. recipients, and higher for additional experience.  Limited graduate level awards are also available. These awards provide the opportunity for recipients to do independent research in some of the best-equipped and staffed laboratories in the U.S. Research opportunities are open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and for some of the laboratories, foreign nationals.

Fellowships and Internships

NMFS-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship Program

The NMFS-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship Program in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics is designed to help Sea Grant fulfill its broad educational responsibilities and to strengthen the collaboration between Sea Grant and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). Since 1990, Sea Grant and NMFS have partnered to train students through this joint fellowship program in two specialized areas: population and ecosystem dynamics as well as marine resource economics. Population and ecosystem dynamics involve the study of fish populations and marine ecosystems to better assess fishery stock conditions and dynamics.

National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration – Coastal Management Fellowship

The NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship was established in 1996 to provide on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students and to provide project assistance to state coastal zone management programs. Up to nine fellows are placed with state coastal programs every year. The program matches postgraduate students to work on projects proposed by state coastal zone management programs and selected by NOAA. This two-year opportunity offers a competitive salary, medical benefits, and travel and relocation expense reimbursement. Placement for the Coastal Management Fellowship positions is fully integrated into the placement process with the Digital Coast Fellowship positions. Candidates apply to the Coastal Management and Digital Coast Fellowship program as a whole, and selected candidates will be eligible to interview with both the state coastal programs and the Digital Coast partnership organizations at the fellowship matching workshop.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine

The Gulf Research Program’s Early-Career Research Fellowship supports emerging scientific leaders as they take risks on research ideas not yet tested, pursue unique collaborations, and build a network of colleagues who share their interest in improving offshore energy system safety and the well-being of coastal communities and ecosystems. Because the early years of a researcher’s career are a critical time, the relatively unrestricted funds and mentoring this fellowship provides help recipients navigate this period with independence, flexibility, and a built-in support network. They will be opening the 2021 Early-Career Research Fellowship Application Cycle with significant changes to the fellowship program structure by introducing a three-topic track system with application periods spread out over the year. The three tracks, aligned with the Gulf Research Program’s program areas, are:

      • Human Health and Community Resilience
      • Environmental Protection and Stewardship
      • Offshore Energy Safety
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Department of Defense – Visualization of Coastal Data

The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s Coastal & Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL) performs research on ocean, estuarine, riverine, and watershed systems in support of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Department of Defense (DOD) Task Force in support of the Ocean Commission. A multi-disciplinary team of scientists, engineers, and support personnel work in CHL’s internationally known, unique facilities. This team has developed state-of-the-art experimental and computational models for solving water resource problems worldwide. Physical facilities of approximately 1.7 million square feet and high-performance computing facilities at the DOD Supercomputing Research Center ( are the basic infrastructure for producing cutting-edge products for successful coastal, inland water resources, and navigation management. CHL work, although primarily in support of the DOD and the Corp’s districts, also interfaces with other federal, state and local agencies, academia, conservation groups, and the general public, as appropriate. The Research Participation Program for USACE-ERDC-CHL provides opportunities to participate in new and on-going applied research and development projects. Research projects range from design guidance to three-dimensional computational models. Focus is placed on inland and coastal navigation, military logistics over the shore, dredging, flood control, storm and erosion protection, waterway restoration, fish passage, hydro-environmental modeling, water/land management, and other water and sediment-related issues facing the nation.

Department of Defense – Coastal Vulnerability Assessment Fellow

The Environmental Laboratory (EL) is one of the seven laboratories of U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (USACE-ERDC), which is the Army Corps of Engineers’ integrated research and development (R&D) organization. EL provides solutions to environmental challenges for the U.S. Army, the Department of Defense and the Nation through environmental science and engineering research and development. Researchers in EL conduct research in ecosystem science and technology, environmental resiliency, environmental sensing, ecological modeling and forecasting, risk and decision science, environmentally sustainable material, systems biology, climate change, computational chemistry, environmental chemistry and environmental security. Under the guidance of a mentor, you will participate in a coastal research project focused on developing stochastic assessments of coastal water levels and erosion risk under past, present and future climates.